Citizens Helping In Police  Services (CHIPS)


The Kennewick Police Department volunteer program started in 1994. C.H.I.P.S. (Citizens Helping in Police Services) is committed to enhancing the mission of the Kennewick Police Department by:

  • Being a resource to assist department personnel when needed
  • Supporting each other and fostering development of the volunteer program
  • Collaborating with the City of Kennewick in "Building a Better Community" 

Prior to acceptance into the volunteer program with the Kennewick Police, a citizen must complete the annual Citizens Academy held each spring. C.H.I.P.S. provides a positive impact on the community due to the services that they provide. They meet monthly at the Police Department as a means for training and for guest speakers. Tasks are many and varied.  

Police Citizen's Academy

The Kennewick Police Department offers a free 5-week / 10-class Citizen Academy for the public, to be held on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6:00-9:00 pm in the Spring and Fall.  The Academy teaches the public about law enforcement and the day-to-day operations of the department. All classes are held at the police station with the exception of one tour. 


    Hands-on police training

    Patrol Procedures and Traffic Enforcement

    Detectives and Narcotics

    Evidence Collection and Crime Scene Investigations

    CAT and SWAT Teams


    K-9 and Youth Services

    Tour of Benton County Jail and Coroner’s Office

    Volunteer Program

    Plus more


  • Handicapped Parking Enforcement
  • Abandoned Vehicle Tagging
  • Radar Reader Board Deployment
  • Water Storage Security
  • Vehicle Maintenance 
  • Found Bicycle Recovery
  • Administrative Support
  • Mail Run
  • Special Events Support
  • Fleet Maintenance